The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry

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Read The Descent of Man Online Free - Grayson Perry has been thinking about masculinity - what it is, how it operates, why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails - since he was a boy. Now, in this funny and necessary book, he turns round to look at men with a clear eye and ask, what sort of men would make the world a better place, for everyone?

What would happen if we rethought the old, macho, outdated version of manhood, and embraced a different idea of what makes a man? Apart from giving up the coronary-inducing stress of always being 'right' and the vast new wardrobe options, the real benefit might be that a newly fitted masculinity will allow men to have better relationships - and that's happiness, right?

Grayson Perry admits he's not immune from the stereotypes himself - as the psychoanalysts say, 'if you spot it, you've got it' - and his thoughts on everything from power to physical appearance, from emotions to a brand new Manifesto for Men, are shot through with honesty, tenderness and the belief that, for everyone to benefit, upgrading masculinity has to be something men decide to do themselves. They have nothing to lose but their hang-ups.

Title : The Descent of Man
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ISBN : 0241236274
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 151 pages


Emma rated it ★★★☆☆

February 06, 2017

3.5 stars Greyson Perry is honestly self-reflective in this treatise on masculinity. As a transvestite, he sees himself as having been contemplating his own responses to ideas of femininity and masculinity from a young age, and therefore as particularly capable of identifying the problematic gende...

Warwick rated it ★★★☆☆

September 20, 2017

What with this and Robert Webb's recent How Not To Be a Boy, it feels pleasantly like the UK is having a prominent polite debate about what masculinity is. This makes me happy, because I've always felt that gender relations in the society I grew up in were less polarised and less weaponised than...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

September 15, 2017

As Philadelphia writer R. Eric Thomas is fond of saying, "masculinity is a prison." By now it should come as no surprise to anyone that rigid gender roles limit everyone, and while women have made some advances in areas previously seen as "male," men generally seem more reluctant to embrace their...

Emily May rated it ★★★☆☆

February 06, 2017

The most pervasive aspect of the Default Man identity is that it masquerades very efficiently as 'normal' - and 'normal' along with 'natural', is a dangerous word, often at the root of hateful prejudice. Grayson Perry is known mostly for his artwork and transvestism. Here he draws on his own exp...

Udeni rated it ★★★★★

October 22, 2016

The "Descent of Man" is a critical analysis of masculinity, disguised as personal anecdote. While feminism is much discussed, masculinity is not. That alone makes the book worth reading. Grayson Perry defines masculinity as "a construct of conditioned feelings around people with penises." and is...

Tina rated it ★★★★★

November 15, 2017

An essential, accessible read that everyone should have on their bookshelves. This does not blame, it shows where responsibility lies and the damage forcing men into the patriarchal narrow box of toxic masculinity does to everyone. Written with humour and bite, a wonderful book!

Viv rated it ★★★★☆

November 05, 2017

Men's Rights (according to Grayson Perry's manifesto): The right to be vulnerable The right to be weak The right to be wrong The right to be intuitive The right not to know The right to be uncertain The right to be flexible The right not to be ashamed of any of these Hard to argue with that. In The Descen...

Quirkyreader rated it ★★★★★

April 25, 2017

Thank you to PenguinRandom House for the ARC of this book. Read this book along with the most updated version of "The Beauty Myth" by Naomi Klein. And have the whole thought narrative turn you sideways. Perry questions what masculinity is and why certain types of behaviour are associated with it....

Trish rated it ★★★★☆

December 20, 2017

Until a friend recently pointed him out, I’d never heard of Grayson Perry. I have since looked at his artwork online and am as impressed over his painting and his clothing choices as anyone would be. They are quite…wildly spectacular and suggestive…of a world where sexuality is a choice. Somehow,...

Wiebke (1book1review) rated it ★★★★☆

November 28, 2017

Very interesting take on masculinity and what it means for today's society. The audiobook was really well narrated and it was a joy to listen to it.

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